The Alternative Pancake Day

Alternative Pancake Day

If you have a food intolerance, it can often feel like you’re starting Lent a day early. Whilst everyone else is frying and flipping to their heart’s content, if you have an intolerance to gluten, dairy, or egg, then the majority of classic pancakes are firmly off the menu.

Well, here at YorkTest we’ve decided that enough is enough. At our alternative pancake day, everyone is welcome, with something flat and round on the menu to suit everyone. We’ve got dairy-free pancake recipes, gluten-free pancake recipes, and egg-free pancake recipes, so whatever your trigger, there’s no excuse not to get in on the fun. Take a look at the recipes below:

Gluten Free Banana and Chocolate Pancakes

Simple to put together and full of flavour, these are an ideal option if you’re looking for a pancake that kids can get involved in making. By swapping out wheat for rice flour, and replacing the dairy content with rice milk, you can create an easy to put together pancake that’s both gluten and dairy free.

Ingredients (serves 2)

150g rice flour

150ml rice milk

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking powder

1 banana, finely diced

1 tbsp. honey

120g dark chocolate (optional dairy free)

Method

1)Beat together the eggs and rice milk with a whisk.

2)Using a sieve, sift the rice flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, continually beating to make sure no lumps are formed.

3)Add the honey and diced banana into the mixture, along with a small handful of the chocolate. Whisk and leave to rest for 10 minutes.

4)While resting, place the rest of the chocolate in a bowl to melt on a low heat in the microwave.

5)Add a small drop of oil to a non-stick frying pan, and pour in a ladleful of the batter, cooking for a minute or so on each side. Once cooked, place on a warmed plate covered with a tea towel whilst you make the rest of the pancakes.

6)When cooked, top each pancake with the melted chocolate and a little extra banana.

Dairy Free Sweet Potato Drop Scones

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Drop scones, or scotch pancakes, are smaller, rounder, and fluffier than your average Shrove Tuesday effort. With brown rice flour, no eggs, and no milk, these pancakes are a perfect alternative if you’re intolerant to wheat, gluten, dairy or eggs. What’s more, the addition of sweet potato makes these pancakes pack a real antioxidant punch.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small pieces

1 tsp baking powder

200g brown rice flour

200ml oat milk

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp desiccated coconut

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Coconut oil, for frying

Method

1)Boil or steam the sweet potato pieces for about 10 minutes, until really soft – they almost need to be falling apart.

2)When cooked, put the potato in a blender with everything but the coconut oil, and blend for around 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth and thick.

3)Place a non-stick frying pan on the stove and, when hot, place in a small amount of coconut oil.

4)When melted, pour in around 2 tbsp. of the batter, and smooth into a rough circle. Leave to cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes, until the top no longer looks completely runny. Then, flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.

5)Repeat until all the batter is used up, keeping the scones warm on a heated plate. Serve with jam.

Buckwheat and Berry Gluten Free Pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes

Swapping out the wheat in pancakes isn’t just a great way to make them gluten-free as, depending on what substitutes you use, you could end up giving yourself a health boost too. Buckwheat is a great substitute for wheat flour; as well as being completely gluten-free, buckwheat can help promote healthy digestion and keep blood vessels supple. Coupled with antioxidant rich berries, these pancakes will give you all you need to power on through lent.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

225g buckwheat flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 large egg

275ml rice milk

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tbsp. butter

175g fresh berries of your choice (we like raspberries and blackberries)

3 tbsp. honey, to serve (optional)

Method

1)Put the berries in a blender or food processor, then blitz until fairly smooth.

2)Strain the berry mixture through a sieve. If you don’t mind pips, you can leave this step out. Set the mixture aside.

3)Place the buckwheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl, and mix together.

4)Whisk the rice milk and egg together in a separate bowl. Then, slowly pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients bit by bit, whisking to make sure everything is well incorporated and you end up with a smooth batter.

5)Heat a non-stick frying pan and melt in a small amount of butter. Then, ladle in a small amount of the pancake batter to make a thin crepe-style pancake. Fry for around 2 minutes then flip over to cook the other side.

6)Serve with maple syrup alongside the berry sauce.

Is there something about Pancake Day that just doesn’t agree with you? It could be that you have food intolerance. With our Food&DrinkScan food intolerance test, you can find out exactly what foods might be making you ill, and receive a nutritional consultation to help you tailor your diet in a way that works for you. That way, there might be something to give up this Lent that you don’t mind losing.